Daily Archives: February 9, 2018

L.L. Bean Has Changed Its Famous Lifetime Return Policy

On Friday, a dark cloud descended upon New England and wherever else monogrammed backpacks and fleece zip-ups are widely purchased. Maine-based retailer L.L. Bean — which, as you may remember from this boycott explainer, does not stand for Linda Linda Bean — has announced that it is changing its famed lifetime return policy.Now, per a letter posted on the company’s Facebook page, customers will only have a year from purchase to return items. “Increasingly, a small, but growing number of customers has been interpreting our guarantee well beyond its original intent,” the company wrote by way of explanation. “Some view it as a lifetime product replacement program, expecting refunds for heavily worn products used over many years. Others seek refunds for products that have been purchased through third parties, such as at yard sales.”

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School theater director who resigned over fake Facebook profiles wants to keep job

Kennebunk High School theater director Michael Herman had submitted his resignation effective March 30 after creating two fake Facebook profiles. But he says he’s now hoping to stay.

He has acknowledged the fake profiles were an attempt to gain access to two private Facebook groups, “KBK Moms” and “Not Quite KBK Moms,” where he says members were criticizing his program.

Herman, who was hired in September to run the new theater at KHS, said he was given a resignation letter by school officials and asked to sign it late last week. Support from students in the theater program has changed his mind.

“Kids started rallying and asking what they could do, and we received an overwhelming barrage of support from both students and parents,” Herman said Tuesday morning. His wife, Rachel Yoder, serves as the KHS Interact Club adviser and director of the spring play.

“We realize that the message we are sending if we give up and we leave is that bullying is OK. It says if you are loud and you make a lot of noise and you get to people who are influential and make noise, it works,” Herman said. “That’s not the message we want these kids to get. We also don’t want this to send the message that when things get tough, it’s OK to give up. We want them to know we are not abandoning them.”

Source: School theater director who resigned over fake Facebook profiles wants to keep job — York — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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Google and Facebook are watching our every move online. It’s time to make them stop

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Google CEO Larry Page

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Google CEO Larry Page

To make any real progress in advancing data privacy this year, we have to start doing something about Google and Facebook. Not doing so would be like trying to lose weight without changing your diet. Simply ineffective.

The impact these two companies have on our privacy cannot be understated. You may know that hidden trackers lurk on most websites you visit, soaking up your personal information.

What you may not realize, though, is 76 percent of websites now contain hidden Google trackers, and 24 percent have hidden Facebook trackers, according to the Princeton Web Transparency & Accountability Project. The next highest is Twitter with 12 percent. It is likely that Google or Facebook are watching you on many sites you visit, in addition to tracking you when using their products.

 As a result, these two companies have amassed huge data profiles on each person, which can include your interests, purchases, search, browsing and location history, and much more. They then make your sensitive data profile available for invasive targeted advertising that can follow you around the Internet.

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Vagina masterpiece cost me my Facebook account, teacher tells court — RT World News

Facebook has told a French court that it did not delete a user’s account because he posted a picture of a 19th-century painting depicting a woman’s crotch area by influential artist Gustave Courbet.

Teacher Frederic Durand claims that the social media giant shut down his account after he uploaded a photo of Courbet’s‘L’Origine du Monde’ (The Origin of the World), which is on display in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

In the long-running saga Durand accuses Facebook of deactivating his account “without warning or justification” in February 2011, AFP reports.

He sued the company in the name of freedom of expression but because of a row over jurisdiction the case only came before the court on Thursday.

The teacher has repeatedly tried to have his account reinstated but Facebook says this is impossible because it only stores data from deleted accounts for 90 days. He is also seeking €20,000 in damages from the Silicon Valley behemoth.

The offending post was a link to an article exploring the history of the classic work of art from 1866. The article had a picture of the painting as a thumbnail.

Durand’s lawyer Stephane Cottineau argued that the painting is “part of France’s cultural heritage” and shouldn’t have fallen foul of Facebook’s rules.

Source: Vagina masterpiece cost me my Facebook account, teacher tells court — RT World News

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Super High Frequencies Could Solve Internet’s Bandwidth Crunch for Decades

Smartphones have utilized 4G connections since late 2010. While these once seemed very fast, you might notice as you’re streaming Netflix on your phone that it’s getting a little slow. Next-generation 5G could speed things back up, but the ever-expanding Internet of Thing means it’s only a matter of time before 5G becomes overloaded, too. 5G is a Band-Aid.As they write in Tuesday’s issue of APL Photonics, researchers at Brown University have demonstrated it’s possible to tap into incredibly high, previously unusable terahertz frequencies to create a special information highway for the IoT’s data-heavy traffic to free up lower bandwidths for phone calls. It’s a new communications infrastructure the team believes will be necessary in the next 10 to 15 years.Daniel Mittleman, a professor of engineering at Brown, and his team figured out how to manipulate frequencies in the terahertz region, which is about 100 times higher than Wi-Fi or bluetooth, to move data effectively.“The problem is that all of your bandwidth is being eaten up by the Internet of Things,” Mittleman tells Inverse. “It’s not the voice traffic, it’s the data traffic that’s growing at an exponential rate. What we really want to do is offload all of that data traffic to some high-frequency network so we free up space on the existing network for voice.”The biggest problem they had to overcome was that higher frequency waves can’t travel through walls or even people, which represents a major hurdle for any practical communications network. So the team created what is called a line-of-sight pathway — a clear path with no obstacles in the way — to be able to beam information to a receiver.

Source: Super High Frequencies Could Solve Internet’s Bandwidth Crunch for Decades | Inverse

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Uber Drivers Are Unlikely New Allies In The Fight Against Human Trafficking

Uber had a heck of a 2017, and now the ride-sharing service is turning the tables and joining the fight against human sex trafficking with a new national campaign.

Though USA Today reports Uber has enlisted its drivers in local and regional efforts to help fight human trafficking of adults and minors over the past few years, this new initiative, which was announced on Jan. 29 (just days before the end of Human Trafficking Awareness Month), is aimed at all 750,000 active U.S. drivers.

Per a press release that was published at the start of this new campaign, Uber announced it has partnered with leading organizations such as PolarisThornThe McCain Institute, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, (NCMEC) and End Child Prostitution and Trafficking(ECPAT-USA) to provide human trafficking education and awareness to all driver-partners across the country.

The move is reminiscent of initiatives like Truckers Against Trafficking, which teachers truckershow to spot, report, and stop human trafficking incidents.

Source: Uber Drivers Are Unlikely New Allies In The Fight Against Human Trafficking

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